Politicians join residents to clean up Kingswood


Labour’s prospective parliamentary candidate for Kingswood Jo McCarron joined councillors and local residents recently cleaning up the town centre and Kingswood Park as part of an annual Big Spring Clean campaign.  In a little over two hours they managed to fill 40 bags of rubbish as well as a collect two abandoned umbrellas and a car exhaust.


Jo was joined by Kingswood councillors Gareth Manson, Andy Perkins, Pat Rooney and Bill Bowrey and a group of local residents to pick-up the litter and rubbish from the area around Kingswood town centre and neighbouring streets. Later in the day the group moved on to Kingswood Park.


The clean-up was part of the Big Spring Clean campaign, which is co-ordinated by South Gloucestershire Council as part of a wider Keep Britain Tidy campaign. The Council provides gloves, bags and litter picking devices for volunteers to collect the rubbish. The Council arranges for the collection of the filled bags afterwards and can provide skips free of charge for bigger clean-ups.


Jo McCarron said:


“One of the more frequent concerns I hear about Kingswood’s town centre is the litter and rubbish. Although the Council does have a regular litter picking regime in the town centre it often can’t keep pace with demand and some of the side streets are only cleaned when someone complains to the Council. We felt the town centre and the park were good candidates for this year’s Big Spring Clean, and at a time when the Conservative Government’s budget cuts are forcing the Council to cut back on basic services, this kind of project is even more valuable.”


In previous years local councillors have targeted other areas including Lavers Close and the open space at Westons Way. 


Jo added that being out and being visible also enables them to pick up on other issues of concern to local residents:


“Events like this are also an excellent opportunity for us to talk to local residents in an informal setting about any other issues they are concerned about.”


18th March 2014


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